Chulu West Peak Climbing Overview
Chulu West Peak Climbing is considered one of the best trekking peaks in the Annapurna region due to its height which has been recorded at an altitude of 6,419 meters. The Chulu West Peak is an intriguing peek climbing opportunity for people seeking adventure in the Annapurna Region.
Chulu Peak is one of the most magnificent and stunning mountains. It is a portion of the larger Damodar Himal range in western Nepal's Manang region, which extends south from Chako Peak (6,687m) along the Nar, Phu, and Hunlung Khola.
We will hike through the barren but stunning Manang Valley, which truly does like a piece of heaven on earth. We will be able to take in Manang's bizarre topography and distinctive settlement. The Chulu West Peak climbing journey also takes us to one of the highest altitude Himalayan Passes at 5416 meters named Thorong La Pass which is also the highest point during the Annapurna Circuit Trek Route.
The trekking route for climbing Chulu West Peak is a spectacular one that offers the most stunning views of the surrounding peaks and the lush Nepali woods. We will also be able to take in breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan peaks Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and others as we make our way to the peak.
Chulu West Peak presents an exhilarating challenge for both seasoned hikers and novice climbers. However, in order to climb the Chulu West Peak, you must be in good physical shape and have a lot of stamina.
Chulu West Peak Climbing & Trekking Route
After every preparation is made in Kathmandu, we board a private vehicle to travel to Besisahar from where we will take a local sharing jeep to Chame. Chame is the place where we off on foot in the direction of the lovely villages of Pisang before entering the highest valleys of Manang. We stay at Manang for two nights to allow for proper acclimatization and acquainting ourselves with the area.
After crossing the village of Manang, a base camp can be established within the small valley in the north. Following the base camp, the path is encountered with a smaller North-West ridge that will lead to the main peak. Any attempt to climb the peak from the base camp can be done in a single day as the terrain is not conducive to any camps as the slope to the peaks is very steep. During your leisure time at the base camps, you will be taught how to use peak climbing gear including ice axes, crampons, and ropes by our experienced climbing leaders.
After a successful climb to the Chulu West Peak Summit, we make our return via Thorong La Pass to Muktinath and then to Jomsom. We take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and the trip concludes with a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Major Highlights of Chulu West Peak Climb
- Reach the top of Chulu west at 6,419 and get stunning views of Manang Himal & many other white hills
- Sightseeing UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley & Pokhara
- Trekking to the popular Annapurna region and Including the Annapurna Circuit Route
- Opportunity to climb through the Annapurna Circuit's highest point, Thorong-La Pass at 5416 meters
- The sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath at 3800 meters
- Panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges include the three eight thousanders: Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m) Mt Manaslu (8163m) and Mt Annapurna (8091m)
- Local villages and cultures along the way, such as those at Manang, Brakka, Pisang, Nagwal, Muktinath, and Jomsom
- Visiting nearby monasteries, such as Brakka Monastery,
- Gangapurna Lake excursion, or Ice Lake from Manang
- Deepest river gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge Valley
How difficult is Chulu West Peak Climbing?
Like other mountain excursions, Chulu West is by no means a simple climb, yet climbers of the novice to intermediate levels can successfully complete Chulu West. However, Chulu West demands more stamina and muscle to climb the long, difficult path through the snow to the summit even if it is theoretically easier than peaks like Chulu East.
We strongly advise climbers to concentrate on their strength and endurance training. Any aerobic exercise and cross-fits are advised, including long-distance jogging, cycling, and trekking uphill with 10-15 kg of weight on.
The secret to enduring the lengthy period of time needed to finish this excursion is proper acclimatization. When you are over 3000 m+, your body requires these times of adaption as the high altitudes often make breathing difficult. But with the right pre-trip acclimatization, good nutrition, and adequate hydration, your body should adjust and recover.
Thus, we make sure that your program for this climbing trip includes high camp acclimatization along with steady ascents to higher altitudes. This will allow you to experience alpine trekking and camping, take in the surrounding Himalayas, and build up enough strength to complete your summit ascent.
When is the best time to do Chulu West Peak Climb?
Spring (Late March-May) and autumn (Mid-September – early December) are the two ideal climbing seasons in Nepal including West Chulu Peak since they provide the ideal climatic conditions for a successful summit. These seasons are dry and have stable weather, dry tracks, clear skies, and the best landscape, vegetation, and Himalayan Peaks views,
In contrast, the monsoon, winter, and summer seasons are less significant because of the unfavorable weather conditions that can make travel challenging. However, if you are well-equipped for the chilly conditions and are a skilled climber, the early winter may also be a great time to climb as the views of the Himalayas are crystal clear and there are fewer to no tourists. But there are risks involved i.e. unsteady circumstances, tea houses may not be open, or even those that may not be well-stocked. Hence, pre-arrangements will be required.
What permits are required to climb Chulu West Peak?
- Climbers need to obtain three permits such as:
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
- Peak Climbing Permit from NMA (National Mountaineering Association)
Note: All these permit fees are included in the package and we will apply for the permits on your behalf.